Morning Star Staff
Former Vernon Viper Adam Tambellini pocketed 2+2 as the Surrey Eagles shaded the host Summerside Capitals 5-4 in overtime Monday night at the national Royal Bank Cup Junior A hockey tournament.
Captain Brett Mulcahy scored at 8:43 of OT to silence 2,303 fans in PEI.
Tambellini forced the extra period by tying things with five minutes left in the third period. Trevor Cameron and Devon Toews also scored for the BCHL and Western Canada Cup champions.
It was the first meeting between the teams since the Western Capitals beat Surrey 4-3 in the championship game of the 1997 Royal Bank Cup in Summerside. The teams also went to overtime in their preliminary round match-up 16 years ago; the Eagles won that one too, 3-2.
Demico Hannoun supplied 3+1 as Surrey stuffed the Truro Bearcats of Nova Scotia 7-0 in their Sunday afternoon opener.
The Alberta champion Brooks Bandits bounced the Bearcats 7-1 in their first game.
The Minnesota Wilderness trimmed Truro 4-3 Tuesday afternoon in a battle of 0-2 teams.